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Dana wins six-figure payout over online child abuse slur


Dana outside court in Belfast

Dana outside court in Belfast

Dana outside court in Belfast

Eurovision Song Contest winner and former politician Dana Rosemary Scallon is to receive a six-figure sum in libel damages.

The one-time presidential candidate had sued over false claims in an online article connected to her brother, John Brown, who was acquitted of historic child abuse charges in 2014.

A statement was read out yesterday at the High Court in Belfast on behalf of the publishers of the Sunday World, accepting the allegations were completely untrue and offering an unreserved apology.

Outside court, Ms Scallon said she had never previously taken legal action in 50 years in the public eye, but decided to take a stand over the article, which stated that she covered up child abuse.


"The story was a direct and brutal attack on all I believe and value, and on my good name, my integrity, my character and my public and private life," she said.

"This false reporting told readers I had lived a lie."